Blackhawks’ Experience, Knack for Late Heroics Makes Game 5 a Must-Win for Ducks

May 24th, 2015 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

Sure, they could do it. The Anaheim Ducks could drop Game 5 at home to the Chicago Blackhawks, go into the United Center, steal Game 6 and come back home to win and go to the Stanley Cup Final. 

Yeah, it could happen. But, well, good luck with that. The Ducks absolutely must win Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center Monday night. 

This will be Anaheim's Game 7.

Let's give full value to the Ducks for their valiance in Game 4, when they turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead with three goals in 37 seconds—the second-fastest three-goal output in NHL playoff history. Despite coming out of that game with a loss, with their Game 3 win, the Ducks did what they needed to do, which was go into Chicago and wrest home-ice advantage back after that tough Game 2 triple-overtime loss.

But make no mistake: The Ducks blew a chance to put this series away Saturday night. They had a lead with under 10 minutes to go in the third period, but they let it slip with Patrick Kane's ninth goal of the playoffs.

The Ducks came out in overtime and put the first 10 shots of the sessio ...

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